Forget all of the hand-wringing and tedium on the other thread, what about the real big story from this budget?
VAT will now be payable on ALL hot takeaway food, not just that which is sold in fast food outlets. As a result, a Greggs sausage roll (previously 90p, though regional differences apply) will now cost £1.08, thereby breaking the psychologically important £1 mark.
Similarly, a pasty will now cost an unbelievable £1.79.
What's that? No longer value for money so you'll go to Sainsbury's for a rotisserie chicken instead? Well, be prepared to pay an eye watering £6, rather than the previous £5.